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Compare or contrast ways in which two texts in this period present and treat human weakness. Human weakness: - Strength: mental & physical - Morality, self control, mastery of the self, - ability to resist materialism - Ability to act, decide, do the right thing - Aspiration vs reality - Inability to fulfil their own aspiration - Inability to control one’s fate - Self-denial Jane Eyre: - Brocklehurst: lack of morality, giving in to materialism, greed - Inability to control one’s fate: Helen Burn’s passing - Bertha Mason: vengeful, embodiment of lust, destructive, violent - Jane’s inability to control passion (the red room) - Rochester: corruptible, deceitful, self-denial, Byronic hero-> mysterious past, sin, suffering - Rochester us prone to the emotional convulsion, torment, and conflicting passions which are typical of the Byronic hero. - Blanche Ingram: materialism and superficiality - St John Rivers: self-denial - Bildungsroman novel: development from human weakness Mrs Warren’s Profession - Inability to control one’s fate: giving in to the cruelty of capitalism - Being a bystander: inability to do anything to help with the situation - Inability to resist materialism
Compare or contrast ways in which two texts in this period present and treat human weakness. In both Jane Eyre and Mrs Warren’s Profession, the subject of human weakness is largely presented to show the fragility of being human, and human ties. The weaknesses of characters in both texts are exposed to unveil the destructiveness of human nature, and the causality of these weaknesses. Their ability to resist, to restrain, and to control inner desire are challenged and through this, greater character development is revealed by the respective authors. The weaknesses of the characters ultimately reveal lack of morality, lack of self-control and resistance towards evil, and also in some cases growth and development of the character as they morph into a stronger character towards the end of the text. In both texts, the inability to resist material temptations are revealed through characterisation and both Miller and Shaw present this inability to be destructive. In Mrs Warren’s Profession, Frank Gardner’s attraction to Vivie is purely out of greed for her financial status, “…since I had neither brains nor money, I’d better turn my good looks to account by marrying somebody with both. Well, look here. Miss

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